NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York voters cast their ballots three ways this year: In-person voting on Election Day, in-person early voting, and by absentee ballot.
Unprecedented numbers poured in via early voting and absentee ballots. As of Oct. 28th, 1.4 million absentee forms were sent out and more than a million voted early in person.
“It’s been wild, but elections are always unpredictable,” said Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, Rockland County’s Democratic elections commissioner.
This is the first time you could have voted early in person for a presidential election in New York.
Some people preferred to mail in or drop off an absentee form. Oct. 27 was the last day to request an absentee ballot online. Absentee ballots had to be mailed and postmarked by Nov. 3 to be counted, or dropped off in person at hundreds of sites statewide before polls closed at 9 p.m. Nov. 3.
“Every voter has an individual voter ID. With a barcode. Every absentee ballot that goes out of here is scanned out and scanned it. We don’t count two ballots,” Zebrowski Stavisky said. “It’s safe and easy.”
A postmarked absentee ballot must reach the Board of Election no more than seven days after the election, Nov. 10, to be counted.
Only in-person and Election Day ballots were counted on election night Nov. 3. Officials say it will take a week before we have official results.
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